Out of this World Orchids


March 5th and 6th, 2016 (Ribbon judging on the 4th)


Napa Senior Center

1500 Jefferson Street, Napa


When looking at an orchid, one cannot but ponder the question "Where in the World did you come from?"
Perhaps, orchids are from out of this world?
According to the Orchid Rainforest Alliance, orchids are the largest family of plants in the entire world. There are close to 30,000 different species of orchid in nature.  The American Orchid Society estimates that there is close to 100,000 orchid hybrids. 
They occupy 6 of the 7 continents, and there is no reason they cannot do the same in your backyard or kitchen windowsill.
The Napa Valley Orchid Society has scanned the galaxy and invited orchid vendors to gather their best blooms for you to have a close encounter with, and possibly welcome into your home.  These orchid ambassadors can answer questions so you can enjoy these out of this world beauties all year long.  Presentations throughout the weekend will prove no matter how intimidating the flower may appear, they can live long and prosper with the simplest care.

Free admission, Free parking awaits you. May the orchid bloom, be with you!
March 4th, 7:00pm  Ribbon judging - open to all visitors no matter the distance travelled.
March 5th and 6th, Doors open at 10:00AM
  • Free presentations about orchids
  • Vendor showcase area (orchids not found at local stores for purchase)
  • Orchid display


For more information 


Orchid photo left, Bulbophyllum dearei

Orchid photo right, Habenaria Radiata (aka The White Egret Orchid)


The Napa Valley Orchid Society is a non-profit organization composed of individuals interested in the culture and appreciation of orchids. It is affiliated with the American Orchid Society (AOS) 

Judging Results for 2016



Judging: Schedule of Classes



First Place

Tom P. Dendrobium striolatum





Second Place

Ed D.  Cymbidium Memoria Marvin Gaye





Third Place

Cheryl P. Potinara Ancepts Passion 'Hsinying'

 (Rechingerara Ancep Passion)











A.  Cattleya Alliance 

  1. Brassavola, Cattleya, Guarianthe, Laelia, Rhycholaelia and Sophronitis species.
  2. Hybrids - white or white with semi-alba lip of species in A1
  3. Hybrids – pink, lavender, purple, and blue
  4. Hybrids - green and yellow
  5. Hybrids - red, orange, salmon and brown Splash petal or peloric species or hybrid
  6. All other Cattleya Alliance species - Barkeria, Broughtonia, Epidendrum, Encyclia, Myrmecophila, etc.


B.  Standard Cymbidium - flowers with a natural spread of 3.5 inches or more

  1. Species
  2. Hybrids - white, blush, cream, pink, rose and "feathered"
  3. Hybrids - red, bronze and brown
  4. Hybrids - stripes, spots and peloric patterns


C. Intermediate Cymbidiums - flowers with a natural spread of less than 3.5 inches in the largest flower

  1. Flowers with a natural Spread of less than 3.5 inches in the largest flower
  2. Hybrids - white, blush, cream, pink, rose, and "feathered"
  3. Hybrids - stripes, spots and peloric patterns


D.  Dendrobium

  1. All other sections - Calista, Dendrocoryne, Nigrohirsutae, Oxyglossum, Spatulata, and Latouria, Austrailian.


E.  Oncidium/odontoglossum Alliance

  1. Oncidium species and hybrids
  2. All other genera (Ada, Cochlioda, Brassia, Galeandra, Gomesa, Miltonia, Miltoniopsis, Rodriguezia) species and hybrids


F.  Cypripedium Alliance

  1. Paphiopedilum, Parvisepalum group (Armeniacum, Delenatii, Emersonii, Malipoense, Micranthum) species and hybrids
  2. Phragmipedium, Cypripedium, Selenipedium and Mexipedium species
  3. Paph. hybrids - yellow, green, tan


G.  Phalaenopsis/Vanda Alliance

  1. Hybrids - pink, lavender purple and blue


H.  Miscellaneous Genera

  1. Masdevallia, Dracula, Porroglossum etc. species and hybrids
  2. Lycaste, Anguloa Maxillaria species and hybrids
  3. Zygopetalum group - species and hybrids (excluding H3)
  4. Coelogyne, Pleione - species and hybrids
  5. Species and hybrids not found elsewhere


I.  Orchids Grown for Foliage

  • Jewel orchids - Anoectochilus, Goodyeara, Luidisia, Macodes, etc.
  • Cymbidiums, Paphiopedilums, etc. 


J.  Ineligible Plants (Honorable Mention)

  • Any unnamed, lost tag or not owned for six months plant.



Exhibiting Rules for Ribbon Judging

Your plants are needed to enable the society to present the maximum floriferous display for the public’s viewing. Members are urged to enter all their blooming plants in the exhibit regardless whether the plants are eligible or not for ribbons—as determined by the following rules: